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Tom Dixon and the Royal Academy of Art in London

February 03 2011

Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio, have designed the new interior of the restaurant of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The 250 m2 refurbishment references the long and illustrious history of the Royal Academy of Arts with materials chosen to complement the existing fabric of the Regency building including marble, brass and velvet.

The dining area is divided into different zones, with each area inspired by the work of a different Royal Academy Great such as Turner and Sir John Soane.
To extend the gallery experience for diners, Design Research Studio has designed a dramatic freestanding unit in the centre of the space.

Consisting of a number of glass cubes, the structure will house an extraordinary selection
of sculptures and busts dating back to 1897.
The pieces belong to the Royal Academy of Arts permanent collection but have long been stored out of public view.

The new bar is set to be a key focal point in the restaurant made from Mount Etna lava stone and hand-made glazed brick.
Designed as a robust, sculptural object, its grandeur is enhanced by a dramatic cast glass chandelier suspended above.

Design Research Studio is an interior design practice specializing in high concept interiors, large scale installations and architectural design. Based in London and under the creative direction of internationally renowned designer Tom Dixon, the team realises a full and developed narrative to each project; whether in retail, hospitality or corporate interiors. By interpreting a project in its purist form and the meaning of the building within its environment, the team is well known for connecting the design to the building or interior to the local area, its community and target audience.
Since its inception in 2002, Design Research Studio has been involved in global commissions in the UK, Continental Europe, The Middle East and Asia. Most recent projects include Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang’s new restaurant in the One New Change development beside St Paul’s, London and Tazmania Ballroom, a private members club in the Central district of Hong Kong. Other high profile projects include Shoreditch House, Paramount Club and Joseph’s flagship store in Old Bond street.
Tom Dixon has become a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture sold in 52 markets across the globe.